Rivers are one of the more challenging venues to fish. In the fall rivers are generally at their lowest water levels. The deep holes are not so deep and the shade trees and brush are now high up on the banks. These extreme changes make river fishing one of the most challenging of all the fishing games. Here are a few tips to be successful on a river.
Fish do their best to conserve energy. On a river, that means they won’t be in the fast water if there is slow water available. Generally the fish will be looking for the deeper water or other places where the currant is slow. Rocks, trees, limbs and other obstructions create pockets of slow water. If you cast your line in the river above these objects and allow the bait or lure to drift down and through the calm water, you have a better chance of catching fish.
Most fish don’t like to be in direct sunlight. They prefer shady areas. Look along the banks for bushes or trees that cast shadows on the water or are even growing in the water. These underwater roots and twigs slow down the current as well as provide shade. Fish love to sit around in these areas and wait for food to drift by. If it drifts by close enough they will dash out into the current, bite the food and return back to the protection of the bushes, all about as quick as you can blink your eye.
Look carefully at branches that hang over the water. If there are bugs or flies or caterpillars on the branches there is no doubt that the fish will be eating them. Put one on a hook and let it drift under the branch.